Project details


Project title

VLD.05 W2 Virtual Centre

Country Programme / Action Plan
Call for proposals / Grant notice
11 Jan 2019


11 January 2019


16 April 2019



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Funding Agency

EC - European Commission


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TOPIC : VLD.05 W2 Virtual Centre

Topic identifier: SESAR-IR-VLD-WAVE2-18-2019
Publication date: 10 January 2019

Types of action: SESAR-IA Innovation action
DeadlineModel: single-stage
Opening date: 10 January 2019
Deadline: 16 April 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)

Horizon 2020
H2020 website

Pillar: Societal Challenges

Work Programme Year: H2020-JTI-SESAR-2019

Work Programme Part: H2020-JTI-SESAR-2019

Call : H2020-SESAR-2019-1

Call budget overview

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:
In today’s situation Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) usually host a monolithic ATM system in each Air Traffic System Unit (ATSU) with very few information services and infrastructure elements being shared between the different centres. In the Virtual Centre approach, the Controller Working Positions are decoupled and may even be geographically separated from the ATM information services that they consume, and these ATM information services may be shared between different ATSUs or even between ANSPs. The main benefits expected from the Virtual Centre approach are cost reduction and more flexibility to support load-balancing between the participating ATSUs or manage contingency situations. The development of technical services and common interfaces resulting from new technologies, working methods, Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) and procedures would also need to address human factors considerations. The proliferation of proprietary systems with proprietary interfaces shall be avoided as well as th
e use of non-user friendly interfaces.

This VLD aims at demonstrating solution #16-03, which is expected to reach TRL6 in Wave 1. The solution allows an innovative Virtual Centre architecture between a Virtual Centre ATSU and ATM Data Service Provider (ADSP). The demonstration shall provide added value with respect to the technical validation performed by 16-03 e.g. increased number of validated services for the SOA architecture including cross validation of the services

The technical use cases may include demonstration validation of the required quality of service is met, in particular for the transfer of data between geographically separated locations, remote installation of HMI, remote supervision, transversal technical features as recording. Although demonstrations are normally aiming at live trials, in this case it is acceptable to achieve the objectives through other techniques such as shadow mode. In any case, connection to real data is expected.

Expected Impact:
The demonstration shall provide evidences on the technical feasibility of the solution and benefits in terms of cost-efficiency.

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